I came to this dr in feb2008 for lipo on my stomach.He noticed I had a bellybutton hernia and said he would not do lipo until the hernia was fixed as it would be very dangerous.I then pointed out a hole I had at my c section scar and asked if that was also a hernia?He said no.That was his first mistake.
After my bellybutton was fixed he did my lipo on march 18th.At my first follow up I was concerned about a huge protruding bulge on my lower left abdomen which he said was swelling and fluid it will go away.At 2nd and 3rd folow up it was still there even though all swelling was gone everywhere else,this lump was prominant and ugly.He still said it was fluid and to wait and see.After 5 months I came back to have him do another area and a touch up to the lump which was still there.
At follow up the lump WAS STILL THERE.It flattened out when I leaned back and popped out when I stood up all classic indications of a hernia.He tried to aspirate fluid by sticking a needle in it and nothing came out.He still claimed it was fluid and to wait some more.
I am very aggravated by now and depressed over my stomach which is riddled with bruises and holes and a huge lump.
On sept 15 he did one last lipo treatment to try to make the area flat...but when I came in for follow up sept 29 guess what?the lump was still there unchanged.He looked at it and then told me that is a hernia you need to go have that fixed and he referred me to another surgeon.I went to 4 different doctors for opinions and obtained a ct scan which showed the hernia.
The doctor I ultimately chose to repair the hernia said the hernia was so blatant and obvious it was alarming that the first dr failed to diagnos it months ago.So I turned the doctor who misdiagnosed me into the medical board and am going to file a lawsuit against him.He still refuses to this day to take responsibility for his poor care and misdiagnosis and claims the hernia is my opinion only even though I have been through surgery and had it repaired.It was over 3 years old as my surgeon estimated it had appeared after my sons birth 4 years ago so it was there all along and the signs were there at every follow up but went undiagnosed for 9 months.
So something I had done to improve my appearance and make me feel better about my self has turned into a nightmare as I have to sit and wait for justice from the med board and go througha lawsuit to collect my money back when this doctor should have settled with me because of his mistake but he would rather have a disciplinary action on his record and defend himself in court over something I have proof of that he did wrong.